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Teams prepare for Brazil 28 Mar 2003

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW25 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

BMW Williams, McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari, Toyota, Sauber Petronas and BAR Honda are all testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona in preparation for next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. Most of them are working on aerodynamic programmes - both BMW Williams and Sauber Petronas have new parts to evaluate - and assessing the tyre choice they made in Sepang and optimizing the set-up of their cars to suit it.

McLaren was fastest on Wednesday courtesy of new testing recruit Pedro de la Rosa who lapped in 1m 15.481s, a time subsequently shaved to 1m 15.359s for BMW Williams by Ralf Schumacher yesterday.

David Coulthard set a best of 1m 16.084s yesterday with Malaysian winner Kimi Raikkonen covering 100 laps for a time of 1m 18.178s. Marc Gene did 1m 16.126s for BMW Williams on Wednesday, when Juan Pablo Montoya recorded 1m 16.365s.

While Michael Schumacher focused on the Ferrari F2002 for 1m 17.794s yesterday, Rubens Barrichello was happy with his first go in the F2003-GA for 1m 17.328s. Luca Badoer did 1m 17.538s on Wednesday.

Toyota's best was Panis' 1m 17.161s yesterday; BAR's was Button's 1m 18.258s the same day.

The greatest distance covered went to Heinz-Harald Frenzten in the Sauber Petronas yesterday when he covered the better part of two race distances with 111 laps or 525 kilometres.